Inside the Center for Advanced Visual Studies Special Collection.
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Center for Advanced Visual Studies Special Collection

1967 – 2009

 

The Center for Advanced Visual Studies Special Collection (CAVSSC) is the repository of a nearly 45 year history of collaborative and time-based productions generated by or related to the tenure of over 200 internationally recognized artist-fellows.  The collection includes photos, books, posters, documents, portfolios, films, videos and audio tapes of great historical significance.

The materials include hundreds of moving images in various time based media, over 200 posters and artists’ prints, 1000+ photographs, and over 130 feet of documents including artists’ notes, sketches, and correspondence. Materials concern the processes and productions of notable artists such as György Kepes, Aldo Tambellini, Stan van der Beek, Charlotte Moorman, Antoni Muntadas, Nam June Paik, Otto Piene, Yvonne Rainer, Maryanne Amacher, Alan Sonfist, Takis, Jack Burnham, and more recently Krzysztof Wodiczko, Judith Barry, Damon Rich, John Malpede, Michael Smith, Fritz Haeg, Vito Acconci, Mel Chin, The Lost Highway Expedition and many more.

 

History

For a brief overview of CAVS history, see Elizabeth Finch’s description.

 

Collection Processing and Access

The CAVS Special Collection has undergone extensive processing since summer 2012. Large portions of the collection have been digitized for a planned repository, and ACT is currently digitizing the bulk of collection documents to be able to provide free public digital access through a new web interface that will be made available in 2017, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of CAVS. More information on this project will be made available on this page in fall 2016. The collection may be browsed on request by appointment. Records containing certain personal information are restricted. Access granted to researchers does not imply permission to publish. See Policies page for details.